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This group, modeled off of FOG, will provide a forum for Service Providers to facilitate open discussions about operational issues of running services for Research and Education Identity Federations such as deployment issues, gaps in existing guidance, and other SP specific concerns.

The list operates with the following agreement (consisting of the Chatham House Rule amended with the possibility to ask for permission):

Participants of this list are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the source(s), nor that any other participant, may be revealed. If this cannot be ensured, redistribution of any information received requires prior express permission from the source(s).


The following terms apply to all REFEDS Working Groups:

  1. When a working group is agreed, REFEDS Participants will be asked if they wish to participate. Working Groups tend to be small, so consensus can be achieved quickly between participants.
  2. A chair for the group is chosen from the REFEDS Participants.
  3. GÉANT provides facilities for the working group, including meeting support, wiki space, mailing lists and, where appropriate, funding.
  4. An appropriate output from the group is produced. Currently, this is typically a draft white paper or a wiki page.
  5. When the Working Group is in agreement, the chair shares the outputs with the wider REFEDS community with an open period for discussion and comment. This is typically a period of 4 weeks, but may be longer if appropriate.
  6. After this period of time, the REFEDS Steering Committee signs off on the work item. Work is either written up as a formal white paper, left on the wiki but promoted as finished work or occasionally submitted as an Internet Draft.

In addition, members of SPOG must be registered as a current Service Provider in at least one federation. People can request access to the mailing list. To be accepted for membership, the individual should demonstrate that they are a representative of an active SP that is listed in the Metadata Explorer Tool or similar.


Laura Paglione , SCG

Work Items

Through the course of mailing list discussions, general trends, issues, and topics may be identified as being beneficial to share with a broader audience or to memorialize as documentation or formal recommendations.

As these items arise, members of the group may propose work items that may include written deliverables or calls for further discussion. Participation, or lack thereof, in these work items will not affect an individual’s membership in the SPOG.


No calls are expected unless work items as described above are identified. The group generally will engage via the mailing list.


List any internal / external resources that are useful for the group here, for example, 

  • Centralizing some of the guidelines for Service Providers
  • Packaging the material for a Service Providerconsumer

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